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This Shock Card Comes In Liquid Form

To discard most Shock cards, characters in The Yellow King Roleplaying Game pay a price or take a risk. There’s an easier way to make this Shock Card disappear. Shock Card 2 shots bourbon ½ shot cherry brandy 1 shot red vermouth 2 dashes Angostura bitters ½ can limonata Stir, serve on the rocks. The […]

Redmedic

In the reality horror world of The Yellow King Roleplaying Game, a redmedic is a parasitic humanoid guised as a doctor or nurse. In our reality, it is a refreshing cocktail starring muddled fresh strawberries. Redmedic 2 shots gin ¼ shot gum syrup (or simple syrup) 3 dashes rhubarb bitters 3 – 5 strawberries ½ […]

Black Lake

Today’s cocktail brings lightless deliciousness from the Lake of Hali. Black Lake 2 shots Cachaça 2 shots chilled espresso, incl 2 tsp sugar or sweetener 6 shots water 2 dashes mole bitters ½ tsp vanilla extract Stir. Serve on the rocks. Requires the advance prep of making and chilling the espresso, but more than worth […]

Slip into Summer with the Yellow Thing

Summer weather has made a surprise appearance up here in the land of the silverbirch. And that means it’s time once again for the feature that really draws you to a site for a publisher of tabletop roleplaying games—cocktail recipes. Let’s return to the favorite color of our favorite grim-visaged, reality-bending monarch with… The Yellow […]

Core Vs. Alternate Scenes

In response to our scenario design workshop, we were asked to delve a bit further into the distinction between core and alternate scenes in a GUMSHOE adventure. TL;DR: Make sure there’s one path through a GUMSHOE scenario. Those are your core scenes. Add more paths. Those are your alternate scenes. A Core Scene provides one […]

See P. XX: Sketching Out Your Yellow King: Paris Sequence (Part 2)

A column about roleplaying by Robin D. Laws Last time we started laying out a loose episode structure for your Yellow King Roleplaying Game Paris sequence. Start there for episodes 1 through 7. Episode 8: Visit from Home Follow a time-honored serialized storytelling convention, bringing in a relative who drops into Paris to complicate an […]

Never Given

A Scenario Hook for Ashen Stars The lasers pick up a contract for what appears to be a simple rescue mission. The massive freighter Never Given has lost faster-than-light capability and has become lodged in a translight corridor. Characters with Astronomy or Forensic Engineering want to hear that last bit again. Lodged in a translight […]

GUMSHOE scenario design workshop

Recently on the Pelgrane Press Twitch channel, game designers and writers Robin D. Laws, Kenneth Hite and Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan walked through the process of designing a scenario for The Yellow King RPG. If you missed it on Twitch, catch it over on our YouTube channel now!

Blood-Red Rover

In this story hook for preteen weird investigation in Fear Itself, excitement over Mars exploration turns to alien terror in a sleepy small town. The young protagonists assemble when assigned to a group class presentation about the latest NASA rover mission to Mars. They establish their group dynamic while poring through images on the NASA […]

Mine the Works of Jean Béraud for Yellow King: Paris

The paintings of the Russian-born French artist Jean Béraud (1849-1935) offer a trove of inspiring images for the Paris sequence of your Yellow King game. Straddling the warring Impressionist and Academic camps, he specialized in scenes of everyday life and worked during and beyond the game’s 1895 setting. Like the action of a typical scenario, […]

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